The Williams Fork River is best known for its tailwater section, which is released from the Williams Fork Reservoir, and flows into the Colorado River a few miles downstream of its origin. The Williams Fork tailwater fishes best when it has enough CFS to entice fish from the Colorado River to run up it ( lets say between 100-200 CFS). a solid population of midges, Baetis, PMD’s, and caddis exist in the Williams Fork below the dam. Also notable are mosquito’s that develop in this area, they are second only to the mighty mosquitos of Muddy Creek. Bring DEET, cover all skin, and wear bug nets during peek mosquito season. A light nymph rig is the norm for fishing this stretch of water, although strong hatches can produce solid dry fly fishing at times. Streamer fishing can also be good here in the fall.
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River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second):
Flows have just dropped to 200 CFS, a great flow for angling here.
Water Temperature (degrees F):
High 30's through mid 40's. Typical damn release temperatures from Williams Fork Reservoir.
Crystal Clear, barring heavy precipitation or drastic increase in flow.
Current Food Sources:
Yellow Sallies | caddis | PMDs | Baetis | midges | small fish, leeches, etc. |
Flies to Try:
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| Moorish Jig Iron Sally size 14 -16 | Tungsten JuJu Baetis black size 18-20 | Juju sally size 16-18 | Chocolate Foam Wing | Poison Tung Green/black size 18-20 |Barr's Graphic Caddis tan size 14-18 | Pure Midge fire size 18-22 | WD-40 grey size 18-24 | Mayer's Tube Midge black size 18-22 |
| Chubby Chernobyl olive or tan size 10-16 | Parachute Adams size 16-24 | Parachute Extended Body BWO size 16-22 | Solitude Midge olive size 18-22 | Brook Sprouts Midge black or grey size 20-24 | Trailing Shuck Midge dark size 20-24 | Griffith’s Gnat size 20-24 |
Chou’s Fortune Cookie brown/yellow size 04 | Sculpzilla black, olive , or natural size 8 | Bread and Butter Bugger size 04-06 | Near Nuff Sculpin olive, or tan, size 06 | Ishiwata’s Articulated Snitch olive size 06 | Bead Head Mini Leech Wine | Pine Squirrel Leech black size 12 |
guide tip of the week:
Flows are currenlty great for angling here, but expect quite a few other anglers, and lots of mosquitos. Catching trout here often requires natural imitations of the aquatic insects which are currenlty active. Think small midge larva and emergers, natural caddis pupa imitations like Barr's Graphic Caddis, small Yellow Sally imitations, and small mayfly imitators like a Natural Pheasant Tail Nymph size 16-20. A nymph rig, or dry-dropper set up are both good choices currently.
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